• Mar 28, 2013
Kia appears to have pulled a quick one on the world with its Cub Concept. As it turns out, the machine isn't the four-door coupe they promised at all. Instead, the little showcar is a five-door hatch with suicide rear doors. That's certainly fine by our reckoning, but it isn't quite what we were expecting to see on display at the Seoul Motor Show. The concept was penned at the company's design studio in Seoul with direction from Peter Schreyer, and it gets its thrust from a 204-horsepower, 1.6-liter direct-injection four-cylinder engine. With 195 pound-feet of torque on hand, we suspect the Cub would have little trouble hustling down the road.

Indoors, the Cub serves up black leather seats with yellow accents as well as a new Driving Information System that uses a gesture camera to control various operations. Right now, there are apparently no plans to put the Cub into production anywhere in the world, but we wouldn't be surprised to see some of the hatchback's elements make their way to the show room floor.


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      futuramautoblog
      • 1 Year Ago
      Was there some misspelling in teaser press release? It's rather disappointing to see the promised "Four Door Coupe" turning out to be a small hatch with suicide doors.
      Autoblogist
      • 1 Year Ago
      Umm, \"4-door coupe\"? You mean that made up terminology that loosely means a car with 4 door that tries to mimic that shape of a 2 door car.? I think the concept fits the bill Zach.
      Bryan Lund
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dark blue with the white racing stripe will sell well. Also make a great red color with the white racing stripe and make a good dark, dark black one (real shiny) with the white racing stripe and all three will sell very well in the United States. Bring it and we\'ll buy it, dudes.
        stoneman936
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bryan Lund
        COME ON USE YOUR HEAD ---THINK---BUY AMERICAN.... AND THAT GOES FOR KAHZ ALSO YOUR BOTH FOOLS
      Andy Dufresne
      • 1 Year Ago
      Umm... why did autoblog purposely get rid of the ONLY good picture of this car? lh5.googleusercontent.com/-EdBjolF9bf4/UVOvltkHkcI/AAAAAAAMPL0/1vwgYhCGcSo/s1600/Kia-CUB.jpg
      Erik Tomlinson
      • 1 Year Ago
      With that kind of power, if it's light enough (and with a premium enough interior) it could serve as a decent competitor to the Mini. I like it.
      Kahz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love the name, the design fits it. It is 'cute', like a Cub (bear) will sell well.... Not sure if it will sell well if it were in brown though.
      stoneman936
      • 1 Year Ago
      After reading a few comments..... COME on people its a Kia ...... NOT made in America....parts ARE made in sweat shops by 11 & 12 year old kids.....in SWEAT shops!!! Women don't buy panties made in sweat shops WHY buy a car with parts made there ????? BUY AMERICAN support your neighbor's, friends,your self. The more American's working the less tax you will pay, well in theory anyway....more American's working the less on welfare oooooooo Iam just running off here. BUY AMERICAN.................Support America....
        robertjfauver
        • 1 Year Ago
        @stoneman936
        Funny, my cousin works in the KIA plant in West Point, GA. My neighbors cousin works in the Ford plant in Escobedo, Mexico.
      FIDTRO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kia's idea of a four-door coupe would be the 6-Series Gran Coupe with a Kia badge.
      diffrunt
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those clean lines are a turn on ,except for whatever that is running down the side. Certainly the best offering of this genre.
      Teleny411
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's cuddly cute & will likely sell well
      Alex
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks a bit like the Audi A1, especially the roof line and the back, though it has more round lines than the A1. Since Peter Schreyer previously worked for Audi, I can understand that and it's not a bad reference either.
      ConnieJ
      • 1 Year Ago
      Love my Kia! I had NEVER owned a foreign car until after the government decided to "bail out" GM and Chrysler, cheating the stockholders and giving ownership to the unions. That effectively removed a large inventory from my choice of vehicles. Since I required a minivan (d/t handicapped w/c-dependent hubby), and Ford no longer produced them, that meant I had to, for the first time ever, consider a foreign vehicle. I found the Kia Sedona to be the ideal choice and have been very satisfied with my choice. It's too bad that our government has decided to interfere so greatly in private enterprise.
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